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Electric Guitar Strings - What Do You Need? August 25 2016

The first time I walked into a guitar shop wanting a new set of strings, I thought that the only thing I'd need to know was the string name. It turns out I needed much more than that when the shop assistant pointed to the opposite wall which contained dozens of different brands, sizes and constructions. 

For you beginners - this guide is for you.

Gift Ideas for Guitarists April 04 2016

If you're anything like me, thinking of gift ideas for friends and family at Christmas time, or for birthdays, is an absolute nightmare. But if the person you're trying to buy a gift for is a guitarist then don't worry; you've actually got a ton of options!

45 Ways You Can Become A Better Guitarist April 10 2015

bandIt’s really easy to get into a fixed mindset when learning the guitar, and if you’re teaching yourself it can be hard to know to break through that barrier and improve. It’s absolutely crucial that we see ourselves make progress, or it can really kill our motivation.


On this page I’ve looked at 45 points which have personally helped me both improve my technical skills and ability to write songs. Some tips are obvious and some aren’t. But if you’re a newish guitarist with just a few years experience, hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two. So let’s get started!

New in Store – Artec Pickups, Plus New Strap Designs March 23 2015

Artec create a range of great value guitar pickups which really punch above their price point. Numerous manufacturers have worked with Artec in the past to create their own range of pickups (some names who you’ll surely know).

However to offer you the best price, we’re selling them under the Artec name. You won’t always get fancy packaging and logos – just a great sounding product.

Inexpensive Pedal Clones - A List January 05 2015

There are a lot of great pedals out there manufactured by some of the big manufacturers. Unfortunately most of them are relatively expensive and will easily cost over £100.

However there is a big market of guitar pedal clones out there. They essentially make the clone sound like the original by using similar components and circuit designs.

All About Wireless Guitar Systems November 03 2014

Even though they've been out for a few years, it's safe to say that many of us don't know all that much about wireless guitar systems. And those that do may be a bit sceptical of them due to a lack of knowledge.

Since we've recently started stocking the Joyo JW-01 wireless system, we thought it was the perfect time to write a quick guide on the systems which hopefully tells you everything you wanted to know.